Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
This card is a great example of an...."ok" card...that is WOW once you add some glitter! I used the poppin pastels technique on the top half to get the multi colored image...and it looked okay, but when I added the glitter, it really looked great! I tell ya....who needs diamonds? Only Dazzling Diamonds for me! LOL
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I have a huge amount of card samples at my house. Even after moving and giving away tons, I still seem to have just loads of them! I love digging through them to get ideas. There are so many great ideas out there! I do take lots of samples to my classes too. I try to take only things I have made....but sometimes I take more. There is a version of this card that I have shown for a long time. I don't remember who made the original, but it has been a hit with my customers. Now that we no longer carry the Spectrum cards, I don't always show it, but for my class last week I decided to go ahead and make this card. I punched out a circle from a post it note using the largest circle punch, 1-3/4" and stuck it in the middle of my card front. I used the Desert Heat spectrum...or maybe pumpkin patch....doesn't really matter since we no longer have them, but....anyway! The real point is that I used regular cardstock and a foam attachment to my brayer. Normally, glossy paper is the paper of choice when doing a rainbow type of background, but the sponge brayer worked great on the regular paper. I brayered right over the top of that post it circle. (we are masking!) I needed a darker color for the bottom, so I used a sponge and my Soft Suede ink pad to get it. Instead of using the spectrum pad, you could easily use a couple different stamp pads and just overlap them to get the same effect. After I got all my color on there, I took the post it note off and voila! I had a bright moon. I stamped the grass from the Inspired by Nature set using Soft Suede, and then added my words. I love how this card just pops!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Last Friday, the bloggers challenge was to use Designer paper on our projects. It just so happened that I had a stampin class last week and made a card using DSP! Perfect, right? Well, it would have been if I could have found my sample! I don't know if I left it with the hostess by mistake or if someone slipped it into their bag by 'accident.' I could not find it anywhere! That is why it is Monday and I am just now posting it! Not that it was a hard card, quite the contrary! It is SUPER easy! Two strips of DSP on a white card base, ribbon wrapped around, and a cute stamped, embossed, and punched focal point...done! I used Real Red Craft ink and irredescent ice embossing powder for the ornament. For all of you that have whined and said you wanted Stampin' Up! to make a punch for every single stamped image....this is one more for you! This ornament punch (#116794) is awesome! It works great with this Delightful Decorations set (#1166517) from the Holiday Mini Catalog. There is also an adorable wheel with ornaments on it(sparkle & shine #116542) that would make perfect wrapping paper to go with these cute tags. The DSP is also from the Mini Catalog, Christmas Cocoa Specialty (#116770) and has this awesome flocked image on the left side. It is TOO yummy!! (Yes, I had to have several packages...) This card was a hit at my class because it is beautiful, yet totally doable! Need 65 Christmas cards? This is the one! You can whip these out in no time! The DSP has several different patterns of paper in the packet and there are lots of combinations available to make great cards. This just may be my card this year....we shall see!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Yes, Halloween is just around the corner! I don't usually do Halloween cards, but I just loved this new stamp set Stampin' Up! has in the mini catalog! our family is full of joking and sarcasm so, it totally fits us! This little stamped image also reminds me of my good friend Shari's dog Cosmo. Let's just say...he is a friendly guy! :o)
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
I had a workshop Friday night. My mom was the hostess. My mom has been very supportive of my Stampin business over the years, but frankly, she isn't a stamper. So, instead of doing a stamp workshop, we did a vinyl workshop! Decor Elements to be exact. We had a total blast! Normally, at a workshop, I give everyone an opportunity to stamp a card or something. Since this was decor elements, our project was a bit bigger. My mom's car! Yep, we all went outside, in the dark, and personalized my mom's mini van with some awesome polka dots. The Decor Element set is called "Spot On." She picked the brown, green, and pink set. It is so darn adorable! Here are a few pictures of us in action. My mom had to go to the hospital with her dad, so we got started a bit later than we had hoped.(hence the darkness) I was so glad that Grandpa was okay and that mom was able to come to her own party!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Here is the scrap page I promised. I used the same sketch from Karen Gs Sunday sketch as I did on my card yesterday. I am making an album of pictures I love. No time line, or theme, just pictures that make me happy. I love this one of Mae. She is so happy and full of innocent joy, I just love it!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
As many of you know Karen Giron has a wonderful Sunday sketch each week. I look, but I don't usually play. Especially lately. Just too much going on! This week I decided I was going to do it! I pulled out a bunch of stuff and starting working and ended up with not only a card using her sketch, but two scrap pages too! Sometimes all we need is a little push to get our creative juices flowing. :o) Thanks Karen!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Okay, you have heard me say it before. I love brown and pink together, but the combo makes me think of neopolitan ice cream! Something that is totally not allowed on my current diet. Darn! Oh well, at least I can still get some satisfaction from some crafty creating.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
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July 6, 10 AM (MT) through
Sizzix Big Shot Doctor's Bag
Friday, July 3, 2009
Become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator with the limited-time $85 Mini Starter Kit. The Mini Starter Kit contains the following products:
For All You Do stamp set
Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' Pad
Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad
Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad
Dusty Durango Classic Stampin' Pad
Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad
Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
In Color assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
Needless to say, I haven't done any scrappin or stampin for a few days. Hang on! I'll get some projects on here soon! :o)
Friday, June 26, 2009
I love to bake with my kids. In fact, if we are sitting around bored, that is usually the first thing I suggest. "wanna make cookies?" I don't know why...maybe good memories of baking with my mom? maybe....
Ben gets into baking. The hat, the apron, the whole package. I love it!
For this page, I used a piece of Textures DSP from Stampin' Up! I love the border and pattern on it. You really don't need much more! I added "chocolate" on another piece of cardstock (don't tell, but I stamped it directly on the background and botched it, so I layered! Creative opportunity!) The scalloped piece is a chipboard cutout from Stampin' Up! with chocolate (of course) craft ink sponged on it. I added a few build a brads for fun and ... done!.....I'm hungry....where's Ben? LOL
Thursday, June 25, 2009
For Sarah's birthday last year, she decided she didn't want a birthday cake. We really aren't too big on cake in our family. Unless there is ice cream in it, and then....we may leave the cake part anyway! We did a strawberry shortcake instead. I used my funky flower tart baking pan from Pampered chef to make the angel food cakes and then we stacked them up and put berries and cream all over them. It was...interesting!
But, it totally went with this cute stamp! (I totally didn't plan that....) I went with the strawberry theme for this layout. Red and white polka dots and green polka dots. I added a bit of black for contrast and some metal edge tags for embellishments. Fun and easy! Just like the birthday party!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
By now, we should have gotten all the way to Arizona, gotten the truck unloaded, and maybe, just maybe caught our breath. No guarantees on that one. I will be heading out to Utah to pick up Maegan. I can't wait to see her and to hear all about her adventures.
I have always admired my daughter. She is so strong and intelligent. She is also oober creative (tho she won't admit it) and has the ability to see the good in everyone.
I made this page simple and beautiful, just like her. The base is a sheet of patterned paper from Stampin' Up! It is one of the new textured sheets. I love it! I added some simple punched flowers from a punch....I think Kim has? Anyway, I had punched them out of white cardstock and then when I added the memory paint for the journaling, I realized it was cream paint. Shoot! Since I didn't actually have the flower punch, I just painted the flowers to match! The centers are build a brads from SU! with DSP behind them. I made the M from a coaster and DSP. Chocolate organdy ribbon and voila! Done! Sometimes the simplest pages are the best...I think!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
These pages are the last in the Lisa Bearnson kit. Fun colors and no stress layout. I tweeked it a bit by adding a nice large journaling box on the left instead of what she had. The flower brads are Stampin' Up! Ahh....memories....These pictures are from Mesa Az,.....and Here I am, moving back. Many years later. I feel like I've been gone a lifetime!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Here is a close up of the tag. I love what it says. What more could we ask for?!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
This is another layout from the Lisa Bearnson kit. Very simple and...I didn't change it TOO much. Just the photo layout and the journaling blocks. I loved the funky colors and thought they went well with Mae and her day of increased freedom. I did add the ribbon to the button and stamped "sweet 16" at the bottom with memory paing and a Becky Higgins stamp. SUPER easy page!
We're still on the road....having so much fun...
Friday, June 19, 2009
I should be picking up Mae in a week. I can't wait to see her! I have missed her sooo much! Today we start our long journey to Arizona....this should be fun. ;o)
I got an email from my friend Laurel P this morning with the following list. It just embodied how I feel about life so I thought I would share it with you all as my parting 'see you later.' Have no fear, my blog will continue!
"Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written."
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12 It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, drink good wine, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40 If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's,we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Not only was I finally able to scrap, I was also able to work with some pictures that I found in my purging. These are OLD pictures. I don't really like working with old pictures (from my past) because they are horrible! They are so dark, and small, and heck, I wasn't the cutest kid growing up, so....a bit depressing I guess. With this layout, I didn't even have to think! I just slapped them on there. The funky colors of the paper even went with the old colors of the pictures. It was a lot of fun!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
These pictures are from Ethan's last birthday and frankly, I'm feeling pretty good that I got them scrapped before his next birthday! Again...it seems like just last month that he turned 9. Where did this year go?
This birthday was fun because Brad and I surprised Ethan with a new bike. We were doing presents and Brad asked Ethan to go out front and get something for him. He went out and saw the bike and asked who's bike it was. He was totally surprised when we said it was his! I love this picture of him so excited and smiling! He is just the sweetest boy!
For the page, I kept it real simple and used patterned paper from Stampin' Up! from the hostess set this year. The paper is light, but if you look close you can see that it is lined like notebook paper. There is a little kite and string printed in the bottom right hand corner of both sheets. I covered the one on the left with a large patterned circle and the one on the right with a glittered cupcake I cut with the Big Shot. The glitter is actually clear stickles with chunky clear Stampin' Up! glitter put over it. It is super shiney! I did my journaling like I was taking notes in a notebook. Nothing big like a title, just little notes. This page was super fun and fast to do!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
You may recognize this layout from yesterday. I used the same basic one on the pages with Sarah. These pictures are actually from the same day. Instead of combining the pictures of both kids on one layout, I decided to do two. I wanted to show the movement of thier 'trick' in the layout. If I had taken the pictures from the other side, they would have been perfect, as it is...they are moving backwards, kind of. Anyway, instead of the circles and butterflies, I went for a more 'manly' theme with Ethan's pages. Some bold stripes and a soft leaf print on either side of my film strip and some metal edge tags with leaves stamped on them were my base. I cut out ETHAN with my Big Shot letter dies and then added loads of colored brads to add to the movement feel of the page.
I don't know why these pictures seem so fuzzy...it may have something to do with my new photo software. I am having a hard time figuring out how it works. Wish me luck!
Monday, June 15, 2009
I cut the big circle with the new Circle Scissor from Stampin' Up!. This isn't the old scissor...this one is new and improved and SO easy to use! The blade goes either way, a real improvement from the one we carried years ago. It is super easy to make circles of all sizes with it. I use the butterfly die to make the butterflies and also to make the soft background butterflies.
You can barely see them here, but I used the negative left from when I cut out the butterfly and then sponged inside it with apricot ink to make soft prints in the background. The Wings on Sarah are just a butterfly folded and adhered right to the picture. Sarah absolutely loves the look of this picture. What 11 year old girl wouldn't love to have wings?
Sunday, June 14, 2009
This card was made by Paula Goff, a blogger friend. I love the simple elegance of it. It is obviously a sympathy card, but could easily be a wedding or anniversary card. It is just stunning in person.
This second card is from Kim and Gayle...I think Kim made it but can't be sure. It is a mother-daughter combo here so.... I love the faux quilt look of the card. These patterned papers are some of my favorites!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
The packers should be done today...then the fun begins. A week without any of our stuff! Air mattresses, paper plates, and laundromat. It is a good thing we have cub scout camp all next week...we won't be home enough to notice the missing stuff!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Day 2 of the packers....will it ever end?
Today, the packers are coming and well, golly, that is just going to be too much fun. sigh....I hate to move.....
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I love this tree so much that I actually put the decor elements tree on my living room wall a few months ago. You may think it is sad that now I am leaving it, but...It took me all of 20 minutes to put it up. I can just buy another one for my new house! If I had stenciled or painted it on...I would be really sad! You gotta love the Decor Elements!
Today the Movers are scheduled to come and start packing. This should be fun.....
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
This second card was sent by my friend Page. Page is someone I met through the local MOPS group right after I moved to Florida. She is a wonderful person that always seems to be doing something for someone else. She is either volunteering at the elementary school, doing something for MOPS, running in a race for charity or taking something to someone in need. I admire her for her great sense of compassion for others. I'm so glad I met her!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
This card is full of great techniques from her newsletter. I can't share them here, for copyright sakes, so check out her site! She is amazing!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
This second card is another by my friend Shari. I love how beautifully she watercolored this flower. It is simple yet very pretty. Both of these cards also have great texture. I just love them!